The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is organizing its 8th Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland on 13-14 November 2012. This year’s conference titled “Backing the change-makers in a time of uncertainty: can we do more?” will look ahead for new and innovative solutions to support the growth and development of the emerging venture philanthropy and social investment industries from the EU Social Business Initiative to an increase in impact investing to the closer cooperation between social investors and governments and private corporations: these are all developments that are supporting change-makers.In addition to the latest emerging trends in the sector, the conference will cover tips and tools of how to do venture philanthropy as well as providing opportunities to go on site visits to meet inspiring social entrepreneurs around the city of Dublin. Delegates will have the possibility to challenge practices within the sector and discuss future opportunities throughout a variety of sessions and workshops. Social and networking events will be part of the programme to ensure delegates have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and contacts across the industry.For the first time in the conference history, there will be a session that focuses on the Asian market. Titled ‘Creating social value in Asia: Philanthropic or investment capital? Can we do more?’, the panel discussion will be moderated by AVPN COO, Mr. Kevin Teo. The speakers are – Mr. Ian Learmonth from Social Ventures Australia, Ms. Neera Nundy from Dasra in Mumbai, and Ms. Zhuang Ailing from Rende Foundation / NPO Development Center in Shanghai. Members of the European community who are interested to find out more about the latest developments in Asia should definitely attend the session!Register for the conference at http://www.evpa2012.com/registration.aspx* AVPN members get 50% off the published rates for the conference. To get the special discount code, please write to our membership services manager, Stacey Choe at firstname.lastname@example.org.